Saturday, 10 August 2019

VAR: What is its impact on Football Games

VAR means Video Assistance Referee. It is a new technology that is meant to check some aspects in football. A) Goals- Var is used to check if a goal falls in an upside position or the position of a player in scoring a goal. For instance in the concluded Women's world cup, Helen White's goal was disqualified for upside position. A goal, she scored against Sweden in the third place match. It was cancelled. Car stated that she was ahead of the other player in the box 18. Another example, is the goal Raheem Sterling scored against West ham in the new premier League season. It was cancelled. VAR dissalowed it, that he was ahead of the opponent in the box. B) Penalty- Var is also used to check if a penalty given by the referee is justified. In the concluded African Cup of Nations, the match Nigeria played against Algeria. Var checked the foul against Ighalo in the box 18,and the penalty was given.Also Var can be used to check, if the keeper maintain his position in the box, when a penalty is taken. If the keeper brings out his leg, before the penalty was taken, the penalty would be retaken. This happened in the match Man City Syed against West ham, when Sergio Aguerro's penalty was stopped by the West ham goalie. The referee ruled, that the keeper stepped out, before the penalty was taken. He also checked Var and the penalty was retaken. This also happened in the concluded Women's world cup, the match France played against Nigeria in the second round. The referee ruled that the Nigerian goalie came out, before the kick was taken, and another spot kick was taken again. C)Red Cards- Var is also used to check if a player is justified for a red card. In the concluded Female world cup in France this year, England's central defender was given a red card against her attack on the Swedish attacker. The referee checked Var if the red card was justified, before the defender was booked. Impacts of VAR Var as a technology innovative approach is meant to check the irregularities in the field of play, which the referee is not sure of.Some of the actions could be right or wrong, but the Var has the final decision. Var is a good innovation to modern football, but the application can still be misunderstood, and can impact the game negatively, if not applied well.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Can Barcelona perform another Magic with Juventus tonite?

Barcelona football club is a common and popular club among football fanatics in the game of soccer. Barca has it is fondly called,parades some of the best players in the world. Their attacking trio which comprises Neymar jr(11),Leo Messi(10) and Louis Saurez(9) has been a threat to many opposing clubs in World football. The football community was thrown to a superlative mood when Barcelona overcame a four-nill defeat by Paris Saint Germaine in the secound leg of the Uefa Champions league Group of 16 by scoring 6 goals to 1. They overturned the defeat of the first leg and qualified for the quarter-finals. The Catalan giants are also in the same boat, they found themselves in the round of 16. They lost to the Old lady(Juventus) by 3 goals to nill in Turin, Italy. Incidentally,like the group of 16, the second leg of the Quarter-finals will take place at the Nou Camp. Will Barcelona perform another magic like they did against PSG in the second round and qualify for the Semi-finals? Will Neymar, Messi and Suarez batter the old lady with lot of goals? Or will Juventus even add more pain to the Catalanian giants in their dreadful Nou Camp? Time will tell, and all this questions will be answered soon.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Is it time for Wenger to say Goodbye?

Arsene Wenger is the current and most successful manager of Arsenal football club. He has been at the helm of affairs,since 1996 which makes him,the oldest serving Manager in the English Premier league. Wenger known as"professeur" in football quarters is a grooming Manager, who breeds young talents and turn them to shining stars. Players like Kanu Nwankwo, Thierry Henry and current players like Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcot are product of Wenger's tutoring. Arsene Wenger is also known for his possession style and entertaining flow he brings to the game, this makes him one of the most outstanding Managers in club football. Arsene has last won the Barcalay premier league in 2004 with his famous invincible squad. For the past 8 seasons,he has been in the top 4 and that makes the club to always qualify for the group stages of the UEFA champions league. The bashing of the club in this season's UEFA by Bayern Munich,as made the fans lost faith in Wenger's abilities. Arsenal has also lost some vital matches in the premier league, the recent was on the 10th of April to Crystal Palace by 3 unreplied goals. They also lost to Westbrom and Bournemouth. With the recent developments, Wenger is not clarified with his future at the club, some of the Fans want him out, and some players feel he has outlived his stay at the club. My own opinion for Wenger, is to groom a successor that will take over from him or leave the club in a celebrated manner like Alex Ferguson and allow the Board to make their decisions. He has spent over twenty years in the club and a Legend. I believe it is wise for Wenger to bid the club goodbye and allow fresh ideas. I would be open to your Comments on whether it is time for Wenger to say Gooodbye to the club, he has nurtured and built for so many years. Thank you.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Can Gernot Rohr Take The Super Eagles of Nigeria to greater heights in Domestic and International Football?

Gernot Rohr is the new Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles. Rohr is a German Tactician, who has got experience from a lot of African Countries like Gabon, Tunisia and Burkina Faso. He was appointed on a two year contract to qualify the Super Eagles for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The new Tactician has stated  that he will take his job seriously and give it a top priority. Rohr failed to convince Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike from changing their minds after their resignation from the National team. That was the first blow, he received on his new assignment.
He has promised to re brand the team and add some radical elements to the team.

The Nigerian National team is blessed with a lot of talents from the International Clubs and domestic sides, so the new Coach has a lot of talents to choose from. His first match as Technical adviser was a victorious one,as his side edged out Tanzania in a lone goal at the  Akwa-ibom international stadium.

The Super Eagles will not be participating in AFCON 2017 in Gabon,after losing that place to the Pharoahs of Egypt. It is still a bitter pill for Nigerians to swallow, because they  have missed the Competition twice since 2013, when they lifted the trophy in South Africa.

Gernot Rohr has the onus to qualify the Super Eagles for the World Cup,and he must take the task seriously. He has the players who can execute that agenda for him. Nigerians are less concerned about whether the Coach is a home based or foreign one, what they want to see is a Coach that can deliver.

The Super Eagles has never gotten to the Quarter-finals of the World Cup. It is only Cameroun, Senegal and Ghana that is the only African Countries that has reached the last eight of the World Cup. It would be a great achievement for the Super Eagles, if Rohr can take them to that height.

In wrapping up, Nigeria is a football loving Country, and they desire that the Super Eagles is flying above board. The onus lies on Gernot Rohr to deliver and actualise their desires. Rohr has the opportunity to write his name on Gold in the minds of Nigerians. He can only fulfil this ambition, if he takes his job seriously and recruit the right squad that will execute his plans.
We at Segun Goke's Soccer wish the new Technical adviser success in his new role as the Super Eagle's Gaffer.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Guardiola edges out Mourinho in the Manchester Derby.

Josep ' Pep' Guardiola is the Current Manager of Manchester City. He took over Manuel Pellegrini who was the Manager of the Citizens in the last season. He is a successful Coach and one of the top Managers in the world of football. Jose Mourinho is the present Manager of Manchester United Football Club,he took over from Louis Van Gaal who guided the Reds to their 12th FA Cup last May.

Guardiola and Mourinho are two of the best Managers in the world of Soccer. They are celebrated Managers who has won a lot of Competitions. Their rivalry was  highlighted when they both coached top clubs in Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
Guardiola tactically has had the better record amongst the two Coaches. He has had more victories than Mourinho,when both of them clashed. One of the remarkable defeats against Mourinho was the first El- Classico that Jose spearheaded as Coach of Real Madrid, he lost woefully to Pep in a 5-1 defeat.

The two Managers are now managers of the Manchester teams. Guardiola has won his first three matches before playing the derby,as well as his fiercest rival, Mourinho.

The match was played with so much tension, and the United Players were outclassed and outplayed for the first forty minutes. Sylva mesmerised his way amongst the Manchester United Defenders. Eric Bailey and Daley Blind who had been outstanding so far in the tournament this season were lost against a composed and organised City attack. Kevin De Bryne slotted his way into the Red's Defence and scored the opener. The United Defence was once again caught sleeping and the Nigerian Striker, Kelechi Iheanacho scored the second goal. Zlatan Ibrahomovic showed why he was called the goal puncher and he scored the only goal for the reds.

At the second half, Jose Mourinho realised his error in his selection and substituted jesse Lingard for Marcus Rashford and Mikhiyran for Ander Herrera. The Reds were more purposeful in the second half,but the Citizens kept their cool and contained the pressure from the Reds.
Paul Pogba the most expensive player was lost in the mix,he could not contain the skill of Sylva and Fernadinho. And Raheem Sterling outclassed Antonio Valencia in the left back.
The game has been lost in the first half.

On a final note, Pep Guardiola has been the most tactical of the two Coaches, he took the game to United in their own Base and attacked with all tenacity. Jose Mourinho lost the game by changing his winning formula, leaving Juan Mata and Anthony Martial out of the game. Their replacements Jesse Lingard and Mikhiyrtan were no match for the citizens. They were game rusty and could not contain the game.

A nice victory for Pep Guardiola and a Big loss for Jose Mourinho.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Dream Team VI And Their Adventures AT The Rio Olympics.

The Dream Team Vi is the name of the Under 23 squad of the Nigerian National Team. The Under 23 team is being managed by the tactician, Samson Siasia.
The Under23 squad won the Under23 African Cup of Nations, this automatically qualified them and South Africa to represent the team in the Olympics.

The Rio Olympics held in Brazil from August 5- 21, gave another opportunity for Samson Siasia to prove himself again,after winning Silver in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The preparation for this year Olympics was very poor,may be it was because of the dwindling economic situation in the Country. The Sports Ministry could not do enough to support the Dream Team vi at the Olympics.

Samson Siasia's squad arrived at Rio,few hour before their opening match against Japan. Normally Countries or participants that are going for a Competition, should arrive a week or two to get familiar with the competitive environment. In the Dream Team's case it was different. The boys despite their late arrival at the venue,surmounted all obstacles and beat the Japanese 5 goals to 4 in the opener. Oghenekaro Etebo scored 4 goals in that single match. At the secound game, the Dream Team beat Sweden 2 goals to Nill, to book a place in the quarter- finals. One of the goals was scored by the Team Captain,Mikel Obi.
The third match was against the Columbian side, but they lost that match by 2 goals to Nill.

In analysing their journey to the last 8 of the competition, it was written in the Media that Team Captain,John Mikel Obi bailed the Dream Team out from Atlanta to Rio,when the Sports Ministry could not take care of their financial problems. Oghenekaro Etebo could not play the Quarter-Finals,because he was injured in the match against Columbia. The Dream Team Vi proved their dexterity into play by beating the Danish side 2 goals to Nill,this enabled them to book a place in the Semi-Finals of the Rio Olympics.
In the Semi-Finals, they lost to a balanced and compact German squad who beat them 2 goals to nill. Samson Siasia's boys lacked the skill and lost a lot of goal chances in that game.

The Dream Team Vi had another opportunity to grab a medal in the Olympics, which was the Bronze medal. They played against Honduras who were defeated by the host team by a wide margin. The game started with much pressure by both sides. Mikel Obi and the other players later contained the pressure and scored three goals against their opponents.
The Dream Team vi became careless in the defence line and they allowed the Honduras team to come back with 2 goals. The Honduras squad put a lot of pressures on the Nigerian Back line. At the end, the Dream Team became victorious,winning the Bronze medal match on 3 goals to 2.

Looking at the Dream Team vi in retrospect, they overcame all obstacles,most especially their financial challenges to win the Bronze medal. They paid the price of hard work,resilience and determination to make the Country proud. The Dream team vi are the only ones that won a medal for the Country. No other medal was gotten in the various sporting events that Nigeria was represented.
On this note,i would say Coach Samson Siasia and Team Captain,Mikel Obi deserved to be given National Honours by the Federal Government. The Dream team vi should also be rewarded monetary for their feat in the Olympics.
If a foreigner in the person of Dr Katsuya Tasaku, a Japanese Business man could reward them by doling out $ 390,000 . He stated that " he was impressed with the Dream team,that despite their poor preparation, the boys could get this far". He was touched in his generosity to reward the players.
I think our wealthy men in the Country should follow suit. The Sports Ministry must be responsible to support sports from age-grade upwards,most especially Soccer that has written our names in the annals of history.
In wrapping up, I would love to congratulate Coach Samson Saisia, Mikel Obi and the entire Dream team vi for the feat achieved at Rio.
God Bless the Dream Team vi.
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.